Using data from the first national study on high school preparation for college calculus, the Factors Including College Success in Mathematics (FICSMath) project, this paper connects males’ (n=3,648) and females’ (n=2,033) instructional experiences from their senior level high school precalculus or calculus course to their college calculus performance. A hierarchical linear model identifies several significant instructional experiences that predict college calculus performance. Our findings show that high school instructional practices affect college calculus performance similarly for males and females.
GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Present the long time perceived differences in mathematics performance across gender.
GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Consider the transition across high school mathematics to college calculus relative to gender and performance.
GOAL/OUTCOME #3 Share a model, including 3,648 males and 2,033 females, that reveals similar high school pedagogical experiences and predictors of performance in college calculus.
Carol Wade, PhD, Assistant Professor, Secondary Inclusive Mathematics, Department of Education and Human Development, The College at Brockport Carol Wade is an assistant professor in secondary mathematics education. She holds a PhD from Clemson University and completed a post-doctorate at Harvard University. She taught high school mathematics for 16 years and is Advanced Placement (AP) certified in Calculus and Statistics. Considering the mathematical preparation of males and females across the school to college transition is part of her secondary-tertiary research.
Chris Wilkens, EdD, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education and Human Development, The College at Brockport Chris Wilkens, EdD, associate chair and associate professor earned his Doctorate of Education from Harvard University in 2009. He currently teaches courses in educational foundations, assessment, and inclusive education. His research focuses on school choice, including charter schools and homeschooling. Dr. Wilkens’ previous lives included work as a high school science and special education teacher, a state bureaucrat, and as a line cook at Cornell University, where he prepared a peanut butter and bacon sandwich for Nobel Laureate nuclear physicist Hans Bethe.